Tag College of Letters & Science

12 famous people you didn’t know went to UW–Madison

Homecoming is an occasion often involving food, friends and football — but it’s also a time to welcome Badger alumni back to campus. …

In dangerous fungal family’s befriending of plants, a story of loss

Researchers show that gene loss — not the evolution of new genes — helped drive the fly amanita mushroom into its symbiotic relationship with plants.

Solar cell, married to liquid battery, achieves record efficiency

The technology Professor Song Jin is advancing – unifying solar electricity generation with storage – could first be used in off-grid, standalone energy systems.

New Faculty Focus: Kasey Keeler

"Part of my work and research is to draw attention to the history of Wisconsin as a Native place and the many tribal communities who still exist here."

Construction begins on $133 million revamp of Chemistry Building

With the start of construction on a $133 million chemistry tower and other renovations, students — as well as faculty and other researchers — will gain access to updated teaching and laboratory spaces to accommodate the next generation of chemical education and research.

“Crazy Rich Asians” movie offers pressure and possibility, says UW expert

"Racism in Hollywood has also taken a toll in particular on Asian Americans.  Asian Americans are an extremely small slice of the national population, so their needs and demands are rarely taken into consideration,” says Lori Kido Lopez.

Is fire the new normal in the American West?

In a video, Professor Monica Turner and her research team and colleagues explore how the patterns of fire and recovery are changing, particularly as the climate warms and drought becomes more common.

New Korean language flagship program to launch

“This ambitious new program will offer unprecedented opportunities for UW–Madison students to study Korean language and culture on campus and overseas to a level that few other U.S. citizens achieve,” says Dianna Murphy, Director of the Language Institute.

UW Making Comics course promotes creativity, self-expression through art and writing

Now being offered during summer term, a UW–Madison class focuses on the art and practice of making comics, or as the instructor describes it, “visual storytelling through combined words and pictures.”

Roses are red; write a love poem this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to think outside the heart-shaped chocolate box by putting pen to paper and writing a love poem. Here are some tips.

Maria Cancian named Galbraith Fellow for work on child welfare

Cancian and her research have shaped national research agendas and discourse on child support policy, poverty policy and child welfare policy, and generated more than $50 million in grants to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Better health through the humanities

A new certificate teaches students historical, cultural and philosophical ways people intersect with health care and provides them a broader, more nuanced understanding of health.

Probing the ‘why’ of science

For 50 years, the Biocore program has taught students to think like scientists, work collaboratively and question everything.

UW military historian to serve Joint Chiefs of Staff

Prof. John Hall's role will involve following the development of counter-terrorism plans and strategy at the highest levels of the U.S. government and writing the official history of these efforts.

Cronon honored by British Academy

William J. Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at UW–Madison, has been elected to the newest cohort of Fellows of the British Academy.

UW-Madison researchers create tools to help farmers’ markets

Farmers market managers quickly learned that digging into data created by a tool from UW–Madison researchers can offer incredible insights and identify new opportunities. For instance, the market in Monroe, Wisconsin, discovered a large number of visitors from the Chicago region.

UW Scandinavian lit expert helps out on Broadway

Professor Susan Brantly’s expertise in 19th century Scandinavian literature provided guidance to Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, which opened in April on Broadway and is up for eight Tony awards, including Best Play and Best Direction.

New leadership center inspired by Gov. Thompson’s legacy

“Gov. Thompson’s rich legacy deserves such recognition. He is a policy iconoclast who values quality research and analysis from across the political spectrum ,” La Follette School Director Donald Moynihan said.